12th Special Session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF)


The 12th Special Session of the Governing Council / Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will be held from 20 to 22 February 2012 at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya. The ministerial consultations during the twelfth special session will focus on emerging policy issues under the overall theme of "The environmental agenda in the changing world: from Stockholm (1972) to Rio (2012)".


The 12th Special Session of UNEP's Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) will aim to be as climate neutral and environment friendly as possible. Measures include offsetting of greenhouse gas emissions caused by participants travel to and stay in Nairobi, a reduction in the number of hard copies of all documents, and communication campaigns. Delivering "green meetings" is a commitment UNEP made in its Climate Neutral Strategy that ensures that the organization undertakes all its work in more sustainable ways.

UNEP Pays Tribute to John Michuki, Environment Minister of Kenya
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Pre-Session Documents




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Earth Negotiation Bulletin


UNEP YEAR BOOK 2012 UNEP Year Book 2012
UNEP 2009 Annual Report UNEP 2011 Annual Report
Providing an overview of UNEP's activities in 2011... More >>
Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication
GEO 5 GEO-5 Summary for Policy Makers
Foresight 21 Issues for the 21st Century
Result of the UNEP Foresight Process on Emerging Environmental Issues
GC Concludes
22 February 2012
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>> 40th Anniversary of UNEP
Sustainable Innovation Expo 2012

Sustainable Innovation Expo 2012

20-22 February, 2012 Opening Cocktail Reception - Monday February 20, 6.00pm Upper Concourse Corridor

The Sustainable Innovation Expo will exclusively showcase innovative technologies from 20 private sector organisations that can assist government's infrastructures and economies.
List of Exhibiting Organisations

Celebrating Forests Photo Exhibition

Celebrating Forests Photo Exhibition
17 - 22 February, 2012, 8:00am - 18:00pm ; United Nations Gigiri - Upper Concourse Corridor

The Celebrating Forests photo exhibition features photographs of forests by some of the world's most renowned photographers, reflecting on the importance of forests and their contribution to our lives.

Japan's Earthquake Photo Exhibition

Moving Forward: Japan's Earthquake Photo Exhibition

The Embassy of Japan in Nairobi commemorates the first anniversary of the disaster which hit Japan last March with an exhibition that presents the aftermath of the earthquake and ensuing tsunami, as well as the current situation of the most affected areas that is moving forward to recovery.

Celebrating Forests Photo Exhibition

Uniqueco-Designs: Display of animals created from recovered marine litter
20 - 22 February, 2012, Upper Concourse Corridor

Re-created hundreds of thousands of discarded flipflops into interesting, creative, artistic pieces. more

Celebrating Forests Photo Exhibition

Pimbi Gallery: Display of life-size animals created from scrap metal
20 - 22 February, 2012, Upper Concourse Corridor

Pimbi Art gallery is the home of metal art and has been at the fore-front of conserving the environment through education, recycling junk metal and articulating conservation and sustainability issues through art. more


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UNEP's 40th Anniversary Half Marathon
19 February 2012, 9:00 - 11:30am
Flag-off: Kenya Technical Teachers College, Gigiri Avenue

To commemorate the UNEP's 40th anniversary, UNEP and the Paul Tergat Foundation will organize a Half-Marathon (21 kilometers) on 19 February 2012. The Marathon will attract top Kenyan athletes as part of their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games. In conjunction with the Half-Marathon, a 5-Km run/walk will be organized for UN staff members, permanent missions, the Governing Council, media and corporate organizations.

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UNEP Sasakawa Prize Legacy and UNEP 40th Anniversary Gala Dinner
21 February 2012, 18.00-22.00

Celebrating the 25-year partnership between UNEP and The Nippon Foundation on the UNEP Sasakawa Prize which recognized grassroots initiatives that serve poor communities while promoting socio-environmental solutions together with the 40th Anniversary of UNEP.

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